ACT: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Mindfulness: Mindfulness is one of the biggest buzz words in therapy the last few years and it conjures various ideas on what it may or may not be. The easiest way to explain mindfulness is the ability to create space and not believe everything you think (automatic thoughts, judgmental, negative, critical thoughts). Creating distance helps us not be reactive to thoughts and since we know our thoughts fuel our feelings, this pause will provide a moment to re-frame/ re-evaluate the truth and validity of our thoughts before our feelings are effected.
So mindfulness is great, right? Yes! However, learning and implementing mindfulness takes a disciplined commitment that requires consistent practice. Clients often want to feel better without doing the work. There is no shortcut to this skill- I wouldn’t urge clients to integrate it into their everyday lives if I didn’t believe it can help. There is a wide volume of literature that supports the use of mindfulness. If you want to get a better understand of mindfulness, this is the book I used while training at the Phoenix Interfaith Counseling Residency Program in Phoenix, Arizona. Mindfulness in Plain English http://www.wisdompubs.org/sites/default/files/preview/Mindfulness%20in%20Plain%20English%20Book%20Preview.pdf